The Cooper Union Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Cooper Union building, East Village.
The Cooper Union building in the East Village. Allan Montaine / Getty Images

Cooper Union Admissions Overview:

Cooper Union is a highly selective school that admitted only 13% of applicants in 2015. Students will need high grades and test scores for consideration. In addition, the school looks at a student's academic background, extracurricular activities, and other factors when determining admittance—grades and test scores are only a part of the application process. Each of the school's three areas of study—art, engineering and architecture—have different admissions requirements. For art, a portfolio of the applicant's work will play a significant role in the admission process.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Cooper Union Description:

This small college in the East Village of downtown Manhattan is remarkable for several reasons. In 1860, its Great Hall was the location of a famous speech by Abraham Lincoln on limiting slavery. Today, it's a school with highly regarded engineering, architecture and art programs. More remarkable yet is the school's value. Every student at Cooper Union gets a half-tuition scholarship for all four years of college. In 2015, that math adds up to a savings of about $81,600.

Cooper Union is divided into three schools: Architecture, Art, and Engineering. These schools offer degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. With these specializations, Cooper Union has an assortment of state-of-the-art facilities, including several art studios, photography labs, film production labs, and art galleries.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 964 (876 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 66% Male / 34% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $43,850
  • Books: $1,400
  • Room and Board: $15,910
  • Other Expenses: $2,275
  • Total Cost: $63,435

Cooper Union Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 24%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $24,870
    • Loans: $8,318

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 75%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 87%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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The Cooper Union Mission Statement:

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Through outstanding academic programs in architecture, art and engineering, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art prepares talented students to make enlightened contributions to society. The College admits undergraduates solely on merit and awards full scholarships to all enrolled students. The institution provides close contact with a distinguished, creative faculty and fosters rigorous, humanistic learning that is enhanced by the process of design and augmented by the urban setting.

Founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, industrialist and philanthropist, The Cooper Union offers public programs for the civic, cultural and practicable enrichment of New York City.